Hockey: Men's Black Sticks not out there to make up numbers

George Muir, Simon Child and Nick Ross celebrate scoring a goal. Photo / Getty Images
George Muir, Simon Child and Nick Ross celebrate scoring a goal. Photo / Getty Images

The men's Black Sticks are out to prove they aren't at the Olympics to simply make up the numbers.

The squad are currently en route to Rio and earned a spot in the Olympics after South Africa withdrew.

The team finished third in a recent six nations tournament where they beat India and Argentina.

18-year-old rookie Hayden Phillips says they will settle for nothing less than a medal placing in Rio.

Phillips says they've done a lot of work on penalty corner attack and defence as it was an in issue in Europe, but overall the team's in good shape.

- Radio Sport

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